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I always wore cute shoes. At least I thought they were. Some people, namely my opinionated family, would heartily disagree.
But then my cute shoes started making my feet feel numb. Or so I thought. Certainly, it had to be the shoes. For confirmation of my belief, I saw my family doctor about my aggravating, tingly feet.
"Well of course I believe it could be those shoes, Jennifer. You spend too much time walking and working in those impractical, unsupportive things," my doctor said.
She went on saying, "Buy some practical shoes with some arch support and the tingling will go away I bet."
Sure enough, new shoes purchased and a few weeks later my numb feet were history.
Later, as I was wrapping up my senior year in college, back in the olden days when students wrote long-hand exams in blue books, my right hand started to feel like it was asleep.
Strange, I thought, and back to the doctor I went.
"You're just under lots of stress, studying ...
Alternative Names Nerve damage - diabetic Symptoms Symptoms often develop slowly over several years. They can vary depending on the nerves that are affected. People with diabetes may have trouble digesting food. These problems can make your diabetes harder to control. Symptoms of this problem are: Feeling full after eating only a small amount of food Heartburn and bloating Nausea, constipation, or diarrhea Swallowing problems
Throwing up food you have eaten a few hours after a meal Tingling or burning in the arms and legs may be an early sign of nerve damage. These feelings often start in your toes and feet. You may have deep pain, often in the feet and legs. Nerve damage may cause you to lose feeling in your arms and legs. Because of this you may: Not notice when you step on something sharp Not know that you have a blister or small cut Not notice when you touch something that is too hot or cold Damage to nervves in your heart and blood vessels may cause you to: Feel light-headed when you stand up (...
Prevention Maintaining an ideal body weight and an active lifestyle may prevent type 2 diabetes. Currently there is no way to prevent type 1 diabetes. There is no effective screening test for type 1 diabetes in people who don't have symptoms. Screening for type 2 diabetes in people with no symptoms is recommended for: Overweight children who have other risk factors for diabetes starting at age 10 and repeating every 2 years Overweight adults ( BMI greater than 25) who have other risk factors Adults over 45, repeated every 3 years To prevent complications of diabetes, visit your health care provider or diabetes educator at least four times a year. Talk about any problems you are having. Regularly have the following tests: Have your blood pressure checked every year (blood pressure goals should be 130/80 mm/Hg or lower). Have your glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) checked every 6 months if your diabetes is well controlled, otherwise every 3 months. Have your cholesterol and triglyceride levels checked...
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